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Of Mythical Creatures Proven Real

It always comes as a shock to me to hear someone say, "I don't read" or "I hate reading."

It's akin to the reaction I'd feel if someone said "I drink through my finger like Mork," and then went ahead and proved it. It would be vaguely disturbing to see, and would shake my entire worldview.

That's how I feel about people who don't read.

Now, I don't read as much as I used to, or would like, because life as a full-time employee of an insanity-ridden corporation takes a lot of time an energy, but to find somebody who chooses not to read because they don't enjoy it... That's like finding Sasquatch-on-Nessie porn and being unable to look away even though you feel like you could puke.

Nothing against them as individuals, I'm sure they have virtues that I don't, but... I can't help but look over my shoulder every so often. You never know when a non-reader, or a space invader, may be stalking you.

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rosiedoes
Sep. 16th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
I only read fanfic.

I stopped being able to read books to the end when I was about sixteen or seventeen and ended up throwing 1984 at the wall.

Now if I read I chicken out somewhere in the last chapter. I don't enjoy reading any more, even though I read avidly as a child.

So I just don't.
elven_wolf
Sep. 16th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Now I'm curious. Why fanfic and nothing else? That's something I hadn't come across.

Funny you should mention 1984. It's what I'm in the middle of reading right now.
rosiedoes
Sep. 16th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Because most fanfic only takes maybe half an hour. I don't waste aeons on it.

And it's on a subject I'm actively obsessed with. I actually read much less than I write, because even in bandom I read ships that are incredibly rare. When I started writing Joe/Patrick there were a total of five fics in the entire fandom.
elven_wolf
Sep. 16th, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Reading fanfic is still reading. The people who catch me offguard are those who won't even read a stop sign because it's got words on it. Hell, reading LJ is reading.
rosiedoes
Sep. 16th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Hehehe. I'm not too sure I'd call it that, but fair enough.

I'm not so much of a crazy after all, then.
elven_wolf
Sep. 16th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Then there's the other side of the crazy coin, I have to read cereal boxes, just because they're sitting there in front of me as I eat. If it's got words and it's within eyesight, I'm compelled to read it.

In its extreme, it can be annoying. lol
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elven_wolf
Sep. 16th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Good Omens FTW!
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elven_wolf
Sep. 16th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
See that strikes me as a little surprising, but at least the person is still reading. But I probably wouldn't understand him right away either. I'd be all "wait, run that by me again?" And then it would probably sink in.
granola_dyke
Sep. 16th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
That's like finding Sasquatch-on-Nessie porn and being unable to look away even though you feel like you could puke

ROTFLMFAO. Maybe I'm easily amused or maybe that's the funniest thing I've read in a long time. I'd watch Sasquatch and Nessie slap skins hardcore ;)
elven_wolf
Sep. 16th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Please god, don't let any fic writer out there get a Sasquatch/Nessie plotbunny.
koshernurse
Sep. 18th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
Um...
Actually, I might just have to write some Sasquatch/Nessie pr0n just to get a reaction from you.
elven_wolf
Sep. 19th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: Um...
OHNOES!
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